Kentucky Wildcats Morning Quickies: Germany Thrashes Brazil Edition

Buda Mendes

News and commentary from around the Big Blue Internet. Neal Brown likes his quarterbacks. DeMarcus Cousins hopes to make Team USA for the Basketball World Cup. More.

Homestanding Brazil got annihilated by Germany last night in the World Cup semifinals 7-1. 7-1 in World Cup soccer is like 64-7 in football, or 110-50 in basketball. It is abject humiliation, being ground into a fine powder, twisted up into a fattie and smoked.

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  • Neal Brown likes what he has at quarterback, but thinks there will be some ups and downs. Consider:

    Brown knows he will need to move quickly in preseason camp to pick a starting quarterback among sophomore Patrick Towles, redshirt freshman Reese Phillips and freshman Drew Barker. Towles did play some in 2012 and seemed to emerge from spring practice No. 1. Phillips was the most consistent quarterback during spring practice. Barker was one of the nation’s top prep quarterbacks last season.

  • Go Gamecocks ranks Kentucky’s non-conference football schedule 9th in the SEC. By Kentucky standards, that’s a toughie. It’s amazing that Alabama’s is even weaker.

  • Neal Brown more confident and more excited about the prospects of the offense this season. Consider:

    "This year, I feel better about where we’re at and I know we’re a lot better. I think we have more value in what we’re doing in our program. Our kids are bigger and stronger, and we look more like an SEC football team. I’m a lot more comfortable with this group and I’m comfortable with who we are and what we can be. I’m more excited going into this year."

  • Well, at least the nice folks at RBR didn’t pick us last. In fact, they picked us… well, go read it and see.

  • What happens after you go 0-8 in conference? You get better, hopefully…

  • Team Speed Kills looks at Kentucky’s chances this season, and doesn’t like them much.

    It’s just hard to see. There are opportunities on the schedule for an upset – a gut-punch win against Mississippi State when the Bulldogs are coming off of back-to-back-to-back games at LSU and against Texas A&M and Auburn could fit the bill – but nothing that looks like a surefire bet. A 24-game SEC losing streak looks improbable, but not much more improbable than Kentucky winning one of its conference games this year.

    I think we beat Vanderbilt and pull at least one significant upset. It doesn’t matter what the “football people” think, they’re mostly going on history anyway, and recent history for UK has been pretty bad. Don’t be fooled by the allusions to UK’s recruiting, they don’t really believe what they say. It’s just fashionable for SEC bloggers to dis Kentucky, and lately it’s been working out fine for them.

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  • What would happen if SEC teams put corporate logos on team jerseys? The Golden Flake one is frighteningly abominable.

  • The complete player’s guide to avoiding offseason arrest in the Classic City:

    Rule #1: Don’t drink. ACC officers can smell alcohol like Tennessee fans can smell lard. Alcohol is a factor in 54% of serious auto accidents, 37% of Arkansas weddings, and 119% of UGA football player arrests. So no alcohol. Just to be safe, you should probably avoid ginger ale too. If you happen to be a Harry Potter fan ixnay on the butter beer as well. You can never be too careful. Don’t drink anything except water, and make sure that the water in question doesn’t smell in any way off, or funny, or “disrespectful.”


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  • It’s The Duke vs. Duke. John Wayne’s heirs sue Duke University. You may be surprised, but I hope this lawsuit fails miserably. I don’t think it has merit. Duke University may not own it “in all contexts and purposes,” but it’s their name. “The Duke” is a nickname for Wayne, and much as I loved him, I don’t care for what his family is doing.
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